Nintendo/Camelot: Implement Missing Multiplayer Features in Mario Tennis Aces
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Mario Tennis Aces will be releasing in the US tomorrow, and while the core gameplay has been largely praised, early reports have confirmed a wide array of features not in the game:
- There are no player ratings for online matchmaking. This feature is present in Mario Kart 8, Splatoon 2, and even Mario Tennis Ultra Smash, which launched 3 years ago.
- You cannot select the number of sets/games in local multiplayer. It's understandable that this would be locked in online matches, but this feature was in the original Mario Tennis, released 18 years ago.
- You cannot select a stage in local multiplayer. You must go into a menu listing each stage, and turn off all but one to guarantee you'll play on that stage. Of all the issues, this is the most baffling, and the easiest to address.
None of the features listed above require significant changes to the game. As stated, simply adding an online player score, as is present in Mario Tennis Ultra Smash and Mario Kart, would significantly improve the game's longevity.
Nintendo has seen a strong resurgence with the release of the Switch. Along with that, they'd displayed an increased recognition in what players want in online multiplayer modes, with Mario Kart, Arms, and Splatoon featuring a good variety of options. We want to believe that Nintendo is listening to its players, and intends to deliver a good experience with each of its games. Excluding standard modes that were even present in previous games in the series suggests that Nintendo is not listening.
If you would like to email the developer Camelot regarding these or other issues, they can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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